Coming up with a plan seems to help put things in perspective a bit for me. So that's good. I'm selling my "investments" with Sharebuilder (minus fees, of course) and should have that money by the end of the week. I'll be doing my tax return within the next two weeks, so that's a bit of money coming in. And then, I'll be headed to the credit union this week to see if there is a way I can qualify for a small loan of ~4-5000 dollars for a new to me car.
I may be able to sell my car to a coworker. That would be cool. I'm giving him full disclosure, but his father is a mechanic and he needs a car. I gave him the list of things that were wrong with the car, he can come back to me with his decision as to whether he wants to buy it or not. I also told him I would take payments on the car (I figured $1k was fair for it, but I'm willing to go lower, he doesn't know that, though).
I don't really want a car payment right now, but if it is a small enough payment then I can probably manage it on tips alone as well as paying over and above the payment amount every month with said tips. I'd like to get the damn thing paid off as soon as possible. The theoretical car, that is.
It's not the best thing ever, but it's a start. Yay!